Yesterday I was in Edinburgh and decided on impulse to check the big Waterstones near the west end of Princes Street. So I went to the 2nd floor travel writing section and, damn it, no copies of The Storm Leopard. So I went down to the Basement and checked Natural History – nope. So I went to the desk. Yes they have 2 copies pre-ordered in June and it is supposed to be in Travel Writing. So we check again – nope. And Natural History – nope. And Scottish Travel – nope and Scottish Nature – nope. I point out that it won’t sell if it is in the wrong section. For all I know it is shelved with other books published by Whittles – Engineering, Maritime, Military History, Geotechnics.
‘Maybe’, I suggest, ‘you put it with meteorology’.
The assistant is very helpful and quite embarrassed. She promises to find it for me.
Does anyone else have this kind of problem?
Writer, scientist and freebooting
conservationist from Scotland
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